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July 23rd, 2018 at 12:53 pm

Touching HEAVEN

Touching HEAVEN by Dr. Chauncey Crandall

A Cardiologist’s Encounters with Death and

Living Proof of an Afterlife

AS A LEADING CARDIOLOGIST and a Christian, Dr. Chauncey Crandallwitnesses

the intersection of science and faith every day. He knows that miracles happen all around us—and he’s seen a lot of them, from incredible revivals on the operating table to impossible healings in Third World countries. It took many years and piles of overwhelming evidence to convince this Yale-trained physician that there is a heavenly existence beyond our physical world, but he now treats his patients with “the best of medicine and the best of heaven.”

In TOUCHING HEAVEN, Dr. Crandall weaves together stories of his encounters with the divine as a father, a doctor, and—most important—a believer to make a case for his steadfast conviction that there is more to life than this life.

Walking with Dr. Crandall through his faith journey and personal glimpses of eternity, you will also experience a moving, hope-filled virtual tour of heaven as it appears in the Bible. With a combination of first-hand evidence and scriptural truths, Dr. Crandall lays out truly life-changing proof of an after-life that calls all of us to live with eternity in mind.

[From the publisher’s summary on the back cover of the book.]

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March 16th, 2018 at 12:57 pm

Elohim Our Creator

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In the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Before time began, God exists. In the Bible He has many names that describe His character—names He has chosen to give Himself so that we may begin to see and understand the fullness of His matchless power and glory.

“El” is a being having supernatural powers and in Hebrew is the generic title for any god by whatever names such gods may be called. But the Creator of all things and Author of the Bible has a unique name: It is “Elohim”, the plural form of “El”.

English translations hide three truths from our view that are clearly revealed in His Hebrew name. The first is that “Elohim” speaks of His Supreme Power, to be feared and worshiped by believers but dreaded by His enemies and those who would deny that He exists. The divine character of God is revealed in the first sentence of the Bible where His supreme power and the glorious majesty of our Creator are emphasized in His name.

The second meaning of His name suggests a plurality of persons in Elohim that are separate, yet one in essence: The Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit. No one has ever seen the Father since He is Spirit and lives in unapproachable light; for human eyes to see Him would mean instant death.

The third picture of Elohim is of Light, Life, and Love. Since He is the source of all three and we are made in His image, His intention for us is that we should reflect His glory.

Hear Him then as He speaks to us from His Word in Proverbs 30:5-6 (NIV):

5Every word of Elohim is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. 6Do not add to His words, or He will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

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January 23rd, 2018 at 5:34 pm

BIBLE NAMES

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 Most names in the Bible have a meaning, reflecting a characteristic that parents admired and so desired for their children; or as the son of their father or perhaps some other relative to whom they wanted to show respect by using his or her name.

The names for God in the Bible are many and number around one hundred, while His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, also has many of the names of His Father God. Therefore studying the names of God and of Jesus can be very revealing.

By far the most common name is simply God, but this name also has a depth of meaning that is not readily seen in English. This is a name that carries a couple of surprises in the Hebrew language.

In Hebrew the name for god by whatever name they may be known and however worshipped, is simply “El”.

However not so with the One who is our Creator; His is a unique name and is the first name in the first verse of Genesis in His book, the Bible: It is “Elohim”, the plural form of El, and is therefore unique among all gods. This name is common in both Testaments as our only Creator and Jesus (“Yeshua”) is His Son.

So we read in the gospel of John in Chapter 3, beginning with verse sixteen:

16For Elohim so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For Elohim did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of Elohim’s one and only Son.

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July 29th, 2017 at 4:08 pm

So Bright a Light

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In Matthew 5:14-16, we read that Jesus said to His disciples,

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

One of the names by which Jesus referred to Himself was, “I AM”. What is so significant about that? It isYahwey in Hebrew, Jehovah in English, meaning, “He Who Is”. The Jews recognized the name as belonging to the one true God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, who Always Has Been, Always Is, and Always Will Be, the Great “I AM” who called Moses about 430 years earlier to lead the children of Abraham out of Egypt into the land He had promised to Abraham’s offspring.

It was a name too holy and sacred for the Jews to speak. Certainly men could not claim the title for themselves—it would be unforgivable blasphemy and worthy of death. But Jesus was claiming to be the Living Word as the Son of God, and for this obvious claim the Jews took up stones to kill him.

Jesus exclaimed, “I AM the LIGHT of the world” (John 8:12). He was saying to the Jews and to us, “I AM GOD who said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3; John 1:3-4).

So it was that Jesus said to his disciples (and to us), “You are the light of the world” as we follow Jesus and reflect him who is the LIGHT OF GOD (verse 14 of John chapter 8).

How do we become bright and shining lights? We see him and in him we see our Father God. When we feed daily on the Holy Scriptures, we hear the voice of the Holy Spirit guiding and teaching us through the words which we chew and meditate on each day: words that shine both within and through us.

With these words, we bless our enemies by loving, forgiving, and praying for them even as Christ has forgiven us. These things we do so the glory of God may shine brightly through our actions, and others will thank God for the bright light now shining on their path in life.

We are to reflect the light of God’s love in the same way the full moon reflects the light of the sun so brightly that by it we can see the way to walk in this dark world—not by our own light, but by HIS light being reflected from us into the black night of this dark world.

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July 25th, 2017 at 3:57 pm

THE LIGHT OF GOD IS GOOD

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God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came, and then morning: the first day. — Genesis 1:4-5

God spoke, and there was LIGHT. The black shroud of the cloud over the watery earth now lightened like the dusk of evening.

The light, not yet clear and bright, must be separated from the night. And that is GOOD! Without the light, how can there be sight, or any understanding of what God has made good and right?

The gift of light opens the way to knowing the truth of what is true and right. As light must be separated from darkness to see clearly, so truth must be sifted from lies and falsehood.

If there is GOOD, is there also evil? Isn’t EVIL the use of what is GOOD to do what is hurtful and wrong? Greed and lust and pride twist the gifts of light and truth to defy the love of the God who gave them to us.

Twisted truth has separated us from the blessed Presence of the only God who is Himself light and life and love and was personified as the God-man in Jesus Christ, in truth the very Son of God.

God chose to separate the darkness from the light while still using it for our good. The darkness of the night will give time for rest, renewal and refreshment.

It will help us count our days and months and years. And as it contrasts with the beauty of the light, it will help us see more clearly the true character of the lies and twisted half-truths of violence waiting to trap us in the darkness.

Without the warmth of the love-light of God, our hearts will be forever darkened within us. Refusing His light, we hide from Him and stumble in the darkness of this world’s self-worship, violence and pride.

When the circumstances of life are dark, when discouragement and despair bury the soul under the deep waters, when the stars are hidden of their light, and the sunlight of the day seems no brighter than the night—then the Spirit of God hovers over the cast-down and broken-hearted.

Before life can exist, light must flood the earth: “Let there be light!”

Before I can have new life in God: “Let there be light!”

Before I can know the love of God: “Let there be light!”

Before I can delight in the joy of the Lord: “Let there be light!”

Before I can experience the peace of God: “Let there be light!”

Speaking softly to our hearts, He who is Light and Life and Love draws us into His Presence to be cleansed by His sprinkled blood—blessed circumstance, and good indeed!

 

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